2016 MƒA MASTER TEACHER
It Takes a Village Academy
# of years teaching
To Gerald Beaubrun the classroom is a living community where everyone contributes – as teachers and students, or doers and thinkers. Maintaining this positive atmosphere gives Gerald the opportunity to maximize student engagement: “I’m able to influence students to make educated and responsible choices in their lives. I can help them achieve their best, and inspire them not only academically, but personally.”
To better his students, Gerald believes that he needs to continually better himself. And MƒA creates an environment for him where that’s possible. “The level of collaboration between teachers at MƒA – and the unselfishness of how we share our experiences and practices – makes this an ideal community for the professional development of teachers.” Gerald adds, “It’s a magical environment of learning, where meaningful resources are provided for teachers to grow. Ultimately, our teacher community makes an incredibly positive impact on our students’ lives.”
Before moving to the U.S. 18 years ago, Gerald earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Haiti. In addition, he also has a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.A. in Mathematics Education from Brooklyn College. Last fall Gerald co-facilitated the PLT, “Engaging Students in Meaningful Discussions in Common Core Geometry,” which focused on refining engaging and accessible tasks, routines and protocols to encourage all students to participate in meaningful ways. Gerald has been recognized for being a student coach of both the FIRST Robotics Competition and the M3 Challenge (Mega Math Moody Challenge), an annual mathematics competition organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.